The best a Smartphone or Tablet will ever do is temporarily perform the duties of a Laptop or Personal Computer. Of all articles and posts you’ve read over the years about a tablet replacing a PC, over 95% of them were written on a personal computer or laptop and not on a smartphone or tablet. A mobile device replacing a PC is simply theory.
This theory was proposed years ago and became a trend, but theory and real life seldom match and trends can also be wrong. Starting in the late 1800’s drinking Coca-Cola was a trend, the cocaine was finally removed in 1929 to break the public addiction.
Like many innovative members of this tech-savvy generation, my granddaughter who I’m very proud of, has a business where she sells custom phone cases and jewelry online. It was convenient and economical for her to use her smartphone to manage this startup.
But today she said “I need a laptop, OMG *** why am I running a business off an iPhone?” No matter what your generation, real life can get serious real fast.
Another theory is that non-tech-savvy individuals, including older adults, will intuitively learn to use mobile devices, eventually. Well today this is another theory that is obviously wrong. There are millions that have not been able to grasp new technology, hence the digital divide (technology gap). This incorrect theory has also become a trend as you can see by the lack of support for this campaign.
Don’t wait until real life turns the digital divide into a bigger crisis. Older adults especially, need to learn to use these devices as-soon-as-possible. Here’s a reason:
“More than 70% of those who died during Hurricane Katrina were over 60, many who survived did not receive proper medical care because health records were lost to the storm.”
If they had smartphones they knew how to use, would this have made a difference before, during or after this disaster?
Make a difference and support this effort! Or will you wait until it’s a bigger crisis?
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